Chapter 13: Migrating to the Cloud

From a technical perspective, an application can be moved to the cloud quickly. There are a myriad of cloud-solution providers who will eagerly assist by giving you instant access to cloud-based servers, data storage, and support. That said, like all IT projects, the process of moving an application to the cloud, or the process of creating and deploying a new cloud application, should be well planned. This chapter examines issues that should be considered before you move an application to the cloud.

Learning Objectives

This chapter examines examines the process of moving applications to the cloud. By the time you finish this chapter, you will be able to do the following:

  • Define requirements for migrating an application to the cloud.
  • Describe the importance of backing up data before and after moving an application to the cloud.
  • Appreciate the benefit of using experienced consultants to assist with a cloud migration.
  • Describe an application in terms of its resource use.
  • Define and describe vendor lock-in and discuss ways to avoid it.
  • Describe the importance of training employees before, during, and after a cloud migration.
  • Describe the importance of establishing a realistic cloud-deployment schedule.
  • Discuss key budget factors impacted by the cloud.
  • Discuss potential IT governance issues related to the cloud.
  • Define and describe cloud bursting.
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